5 Ways To Catch Bass In Hot water
Sometimes the beautiful, sunny days of summer can actually be too much of a good thing for fishing.
1. Go deep
. When it gets too hot for a fish to be comfortable, they move to deeper (and cooler) waters. Temperatures just 10 feet below the surface can easily change by 5 to 10 degrees, which is generally enough.
2. Fish at night
It’s a no brainer that the coolest temperatures each day occur during the night, and the fish know it too. Surface temps can drop up to 3 to degrees at night, making it an ideal time for bass to come up and feed.
3. Speed up
When the water’s hot, bass seldom feed during the hottest part of the day. For that reason, if you’re going to get bit – it’s usually going to come from a reaction strike. By fishing fast and not giving the fish a good look at your bait, they will have a reaction strike out of instinct.
4. Find current
Current not only contains more oxygenated water, but it also allows bass and other predatory fish a steady stream of food in baitfish that move downstream with the current.
5. Fish shade
Whether it’s the shade from a dock, a laydown, a shoreline willow – whatever. Bass use shade to obscure themselves from both predators and prey, something that savvy anglers should take advantage of.
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Fishing for early pre-spawn bass, such as in the month of February, can seem difficult to an angler expecting to catch a lot of fish. However, bass anglers expecting fewer, but better quality bass will be content until the days become longer and the warmer sunnier days begin to increase the water temperature closer to spring.